Dangerous Goods: Training

The successful application of the regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods greatly depends on the awareness on the part of all involved persons of the associated risks, as well as on their understanding of the applicable regulations.

A safe and efficient aviation system depends on a skilled workforce. Employers are required to ensure that their personnel are competent to perform each activity for which they are responsible. This requirement can be met by establishing a Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA).

With the upcoming changes to the ICAO dangerous goods training provisions and the introduction of the competency-based training and assessment concept as from 01.01.2023, a fundamental system change in the dangerous goods training domain will take place.

During the transitional period for the introduction of the new training provisions granted by the ICAO, dangerous goods training can be conducted until 31.12.2022 in accordance with the training provisions of the 2019-2020 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions (ICAO TIs).

As from 01.01.2023: Competency-Based Training and Assessment DG Personnel

(ICAO Technical Instructions, part 1, chapter 4)

Information on how to implement the training provisions and to obtain the required approvals can be found in the following FOCA documents:

Note: Due to these changes, an amendment of the Ordinance on Air Transport (OATr, SR748.411) is necessary. The Federal Council approved the partial revision of the Air Transport Ordinance at its meeting on October 12, 2022. The amendments will enter into force on January 1, 2023 (Press release).

Until 31.12.2022: Training DG Personnel

All requirements and checklists can be found in the following FOCA document:

Examinations for obtaining a training license in accordance with Article 16a, paragraph 3 of the Swiss Federal Air Transport Ordinance OATr (SR 748.411):

Examination regulations DG training in accordance with Article 16a of the Swiss Federal Air Transport Ordinance OATr (SR 748.411):

Upon request, the FOCA will provide additional information on persons holding a personnel category 6 certificate.

Archive FOCA publications training DG personnel

Further Information


Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA

Section Operation of Complex Airplanes SBOC


Complex aircraft operations

Non-operator entities in the western part of Switzerland & Valais

Tel. +41 58 466 30 02

Helicopters operations

Non-operators entities in the eastern part of Switzerland & Ticino

Tel. +41 58 468 77 75


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